Last month, the Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) community gathered together to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass focused on Luke’s Gospel story of the Good Samaritan and the ways in which students and staff can live in solidarity with the marginalized in their community.
This was the first year in which the event was held in the new Schott Family Commons, with the altar at the base of the Sobrato Building. Senior Yabi Grum gave the student reflection and talked about how her experience as a first-generation African American immigrant allowed her to identify with the injured Jewish man who was helped by the Good Samaritan. Grum, a child of Ethiopian immigrants, shared her family’s personal experiences with discrimination and name calling.
“Challenge yourself,” she said. “Do not accept social injustice because it seems easier. When you see people crying out for help, do not turn a blind eye. Be bold and courageous. Choose to love.”
Grum explained that during Jesus’ time, it would not have been socially acceptable for a Samaritan to help a Jewish neighbor in despair. She went on to talk about how the devaluing of people based on race or social status continues today when people are stereotyped and refugees seeking asylum are turned away.
“These examples make it clear that we have created a separation within our society,” she said. “Rather than uniting and lifting each other up, like the Good Samaritan does, we can tear each other down and choose to build walls.”
She also mentioned Principal Tim Brosnan’s recent letter to the school community about the termination of DACA. Mr. Brosnan cited how the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the California Catholic Conference, and Bishop McGrath have issued statements condemning this action, and urged the AMHS community, as a Catholic school, to stand in solidarity with these individuals and organizations.
Highlighting the liturgical theme song of the school year, “Evidence,” by Citizen Way, Grum asked her classmates to make evident their love for the marginalized in their communities, despite differences in race, gender, or social class. Her poignant reflection inspired the school community to make God visible.